FAQ

For whom do you provide services?

We provide educational and behavioral services for children who have an ASD diagnosis, who are considered at-risk for autism, or who have a related disability. We also provide services to families (i.e., parent/family education) of children who meet the above criteria. Home Based Services are provided for toddler through elementary school-aged children. School based services are provided for toddler through middle school-aged children. Hours of Operation: Our consultants and therapists provide services from 8am-5pm Monday through Friday.

How long does it take until we can get started?

ABA Nashville is currently accepting new clients. Service start up depends on the type of services you are needing, the amount of service hours, and therapist and BCBA availability.

How will you decide what to teach?

We will use a variety of assessments in order to identify goals. Typical assessments consist of an interview with caregivers and service providers, a direct assessment (i.e., ABLLS-R) and observations of the child. Programs for each goal will be developed and tailored for the individual's needs and learning style.

What is the ABLLS or ABLLS-R?

The ABLLS is the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills and was developed by Dr. James Partington, BCBA. The ABLLS was first published in 1998 and the revised edition (ABLLS-R) was published in 2006. This criterion-referenced assessment is used to determine a learner's current repertoire of skills, track skill development, and be used as a curriculum guide. Skills are broken down and assessed in the following 25 categories: cooperation and reinforcer effectiveness, visual performance, receptive language, motor imitation, vocal imitation, requests, labeling, intraverbals, spontaneous vocalizations, syntax and grammar, play and leisure, social interaction, group instruction, classroom routines, generalized responding, reading, math, writing, spelling, dressing, eating, grooming, toileting, gross motor, and fine motor.

What is a home program and how does it work?

A home program is an individualized program based upon the principles of applied behavior analysis, which takes place in the child's home and consists of one to one therapy sessions. Hours are determined by the client and other variables such as the amount of time the child spends in other settings (e.g., speech therapy, school programs).

Who is responsible for hiring therapists?

This is your decision. You can hire ABA Nashville therapists based upon availability, or you can form you own team of therapists to be trained. Some families choose to hire their own team of individuals to be trained (e.g., college students) to keep therapy more affordable.

How long will a typical therapy session last?

Typical therapy sessions will be three hours in length. This includes 10-15 minutes of set up time and 10-15 minutes at the end of the session to graph data and any other wrap-up activities (e.g., write in therapist communication notebook, debrief parents).

How will progress be monitored?

Data will be collected during all therapy sessions and then graphed. The graphs allow you to visually analyze the data to see current levels of performance as well as provide consistency among therapists. The data will be a reliable indicator as to how the learner acquires skills, if the teaching procedures are successful, and if any changes need to be made to the intervention. In addition, progress reports will be issued by the consultant every 90 days.

Additional home program information:

ABA Nashville requires a minimum of 12 hours per week (4 sessions) of therapy sessions for the child (our therapists or the team of therapists you hire and we train). We also require a year commitment to an in home program. The consultant who supervises the home program will make at least one to two visits per month at a minimum of 2-3 hours per visit to monitor the child’s progress, problem solve, make program changes, etc. Ongoing parent training and coaching is required for all home programs.

Fees & Payment:

Please email or call to inquire about fees. Fees vary based on client location.

Clients are billed weekly. Payment for the initial assessment is required at the results meeting
prior to the beginning of therapy services.

Tennessee does not have state mandated insurance coverage for ABA services. We are willing to work with you and your insurance company to become a provider if they are willing to pay for services.

We are not a provider for TennCare or TEIS.

  • Candy, M's Mom

    "Finding Kate and ABA was like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for our family! Our five year old son's behavior had become so unmanageable that we had even stopped going to church for fear of him hitting other children. Within just a short time with Kate he had experienced so much improvement that out neurologist thought we had finally put him on medication. We told him about ABA and he asked for Kate's card in order to refer other patients to her! We couldn't be happier with the leaps and bounds our little boy has made. Though he still struggles with academics, I can honestly say if given a choice between improvements in behavior or school work, I would choose his happiness and peace every time."